Vegas Seven

The People Issue

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    Austin Russell

    By Cindi Reed

    Austin “Chumlee” Russell doesn’t mind if you think he’s the village idiot. In fact, that stereotype has made him famous. The affable Las Vegas native plays himself up to be a lovable doofus on the surprise hit reality TV show, the History Channel’s Pawn Stars. And viewers love it.

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    DJ Five

    After almost two decades in Las Vegas, DJ Five has earned his role as the unofficial Vegas ambassador to the national S.K.A.M. Artist DJ community. He is the go-to-guy for advice on Vegas’ best grub hubs (he loves Sen of Japan, recommends SW Steakhouse in the Wynn, and frequents Pho Saigon 8), the dopest vintage designer shopping (he scouts out ’80s Gucci, YSL, Louis Vuitton and Dior) and comfortable chilling quarters (he takes visitors to Hooters, Born and Raised, and on field trips to the Cosmopolitan to hang at friend DJ Vice’s sneaker boutique CRSVR).

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    Patrick Duffy

    When the Las Vegas Art Museum closed in 2009, many saw it as confirmation that little cultural substance lay beneath the city’s glitz. It was a more personal affair for Patrick Duffy—the president of the museum board had given the museum most of his collection.

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    Hayley Hunter

    Like most pretty girls in this city, Hayley Hunter did her time in the service industry. And while the money was great, it ultimately left her bohemian soul unfulfilled. After closing the door on nightclubs, she opened a new one, with the recent launch of Creative Space, a design consultation boutique. And despite a tough economic climate, her business has grown without any advertising or marketing. In fact, she’s about to launch a downtown showroom.

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    Bryce Harper

    By Kirk Kern

    The rush to bring Las Vegas baseball phenom Bryce Harper to the big leagues officially slowed down when his team, the Washington Nationals, spent $126 million to sign a player who plays his position. But that doesn’t mean Harper isn’t primed to make some big strides in 2011, his first full season as a professional baseball player.

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    Craig & Corey Nyman

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Almost from birth, brothers Corey and Craig Nyman, 33 and 29 respectively, seemed destined for a life in the food and beverage industry. Grandpa Dave owned a deli and liquor store; father Robert gained a reputation as “the consultant’s consultant,” and today heads up The Nyman Group LTD, a boutique firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that specializes in food and beverage. When most kids were getting the birds-and-bees talk, the brothers got what they affectionately call “The Restaurant Conversation.” The family biz—were they in or were they out?

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    Danielle Kelly

    When you spend even a few moments with artist Danielle Kelly, you realize that you’re in for a hell of a good conversation. It’s the openness of her face, the energy in her eyes—a kind of restless curiosity and penetrating intelligence about the world around her.

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    Greg Hise

    By Greg Blake Miller

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one. Las Vegas is a city like no other, exceptional in its history, its needs, its patterns of development. It makes a good story to tell the world, and not a bad one to tell ourselves, either. And we’ve never too much minded that it’s not particularly true. The problem with the story is this: Our one-of-a-kind-city is now neck-deep in one-of-a-kind quicksand, and the exceptionalism that used to make us feel special now just makes us feel lonely.

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    Trisha Hall

    By Marvin Lucas

    As director of corporate media at MGM Resorts International, Trisha Hall oversees a department that plans and buys about 95 percent of the print, radio, TV and outdoor advertising for the company. That means handling a huge portfolio that includes 13 properties in Las Vegas, plus properties in Reno, Detroit and Beau Rivage, Miss., in addition to other corporate initiatives.

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    Zaher ‘Z’ Fakih

    By Sean DeFrank

    In celebrating a part of his own cultural identity, Zaher Fakih is out to embrace the world. With the opening of Nu Sanctuary in April, the Indianapolis-born, Lebanon-raised Fakih—known as “Z”—has created a lounge where global unity is the message and the hookah is the medium.

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    Alex Garza

    By Bob Whitby

    How do you turn a kid into a budding entrepreneur? Put him to work. That’s what did it for Alex Garza. “I was pumping gas at 6 or 7,” says Garza, now 39 and an assistant vice president at Wells Fargo’s Home and Consumer Finance Group in Las Vegas. “I used to love it. You got tipped a quarter or a dollar—that’s what gave me my work ethic.”

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    Paul Beard

    By Phil Hagen

    What Paul Beard does as chief operating officer of The Smith Center is almost beyond comprehension to those not deep into the business of building and running half-billion-dollar performing arts centers. For every graspable duty (such as helping to lure Wicked to Vegas) there’s intricate big-picture stuff (“fusion of capital,” “integrated results”). But here is the main thing to know about Beard as the project continues toward its March 2012 grand opening: He’s spending a lot of time putting himself in your shoes.

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    Tara Palsha

    By Cindi Reed

    Less than 10 years ago, an eager young dancer from Pittsburgh sat in the audience of a darkened Las Vegas showroom and watched the lead showgirls with envy. “Oh my God, I want to be her,” she said to herself. Most people stop there, playing sour grapes with an unfulfilled wish. But not Tara Palsha. Today, the fiery redhead sizzles as the lead dancer of Vegas: The Show. And in the eight years she’s lived in Las Vegas, she’s also danced in Jubilee!, Bite, Fantasy and Peepshow.

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    Maythinee Washington


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    Maythinee Washington acts, dances, writes, teaches yoga and knits. She’s also played a Moorish Lady Macbeth. But above all, she is a storyteller. Washington, 29, is a careful observer and interpreter of the world. She’s come up with a phrase to describe her brand: “storytelling from an authentic place.” It’s a sort of unified field theory of what she is, does and seeks to be. Although she chases several creative strands, the stripping away of facades in a dogged, and often uncomfortable, pursuit of truth is a theme that runs through her life and discourse.

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    Napoleon McCallum

    By Sean DeFrank

    Football has helped teach Napoleon McCallum many life lessons, including how to battle back from adversity. After suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history (dislocated knee, ruptured artery, three snapped ligaments), ending his NFL career one game into his sixth season in 1994, the College Football Hall of Famer was forced to re-evaluate his future. As director of community development for Sands Corp., McCallum now is doing what he can to help Las Vegas bounce back from hard times.

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